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Conscious Activism Documentary Series 2012 – Canadiana instalment: A showcase of Canadian documentary filmmakers

Showcasing Canadian documentary filmmakers, the fall 2012 instalment of the Conscious Activism Documentary Series will screen award-winning documentaries that pose questions, challenge injustice and demonstrate how solidarity and tenacity of the human spirit band together towards realizing a just society. 2012 is also a special year, in that we celebrate efforts towards equity and inclusivity at Hart House. 

When: Wednesday, October 17, 6:30 pm
Where: Hart House Library
Film: Mississippi Cold Case, directed by David Rigden
The director will be in attendance for a post-screening Q & A

In May of 1964, Charles Eddie Moore and Henry Hezekiah Dee were brutally tortured and murdered by members of the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi. When CBC documentary filmmaker David Ridgen joins forces with Thomas James Moore to help him investigate his brother’s murder, it helps crack a cold case that had largely been forgotten. During filming, Ridgen and Moore discover that suspect James Ford Seale, “formerly believed to be dead by the outside world,” is alive.

When: Tuesday, Oct. 30, 7:00 pm
Where: Hart House Debates Room
Film: Special screening – Courage, directed by Geoff Bowie
The director will be in attendance for a post screening discussion with subject of the film, Bebeth, and others.

In Toronto, Izabel, Bebeth, Natasha, Benoît, Grace and Jean, members of Ontario’s “working poor” directly affected by the economic crisis, agree to take part in group sessions organized by filmmaker Geoff Bowie. They talk about having to work multiple jobs to get by, describe the stress generated by financial vulnerability, and courageously explain their strategies for getting out of their difficult situation. Touching, insightful and full of hope, Courage is a participatory social-issues film that emphasizes the importance of mutual aid and succeeds admirably in condemning the taboo of poverty. 
Presented as part of DOC Toronto’s Community Connections screening series, generously supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. 

When: Wednesday, October 31, 6:30 pm
Where: Hart House Library
Film: 5 Broken Cameras, directed by Guy Davidi
A first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, the footage was later given to Israeli co-director Guy Davidi to edit. Structured around the destruction of each one of Burnat’s cameras, the filmmakers’ collaboration follows one family’s evolution over five years of village turmoil. 

When: Wednesday, November 14, 6:30 pm
Where: Hart House Library
Film: Toxic Trespass, directed by Barri Cohen
Discussion and Q&A to follow with director Barri Cohen, Executive Producer Dr. Dorothy Goldin-Rosenberg, and public health advocate Dr. Suyann

Toxic Trespass, a compelling film on children’s health and the environment , the film investigates the growing evidence that we are conducting a large-scale toxicological experiment on our children. Cohen’s film journeys into toxic nightmares all too common in industrialized countries. The film gives voice to passionate activists working for positive change, along with doctors and scientists who see evidence of links between environmental pollution and health problems. The film documents how quickly barriers can go up when people question the connection between toxins and serious health problems. 

When: Wednesday, November 28, 6:30 pm
Where: Hart House Library
Film: The Boxing Girls of Kabul, directed by Ariel Nasr (Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the removal of the female embargo at Hart House) Screening to be followed by a discussion on women and sport in the Muslim world with special guest Jonathon Power, former World No. 1 ranked squash champion 

A group of young Afghan women strive to become world-class boxers, training without the benefit of even the most basic facilities at the national stadium, where only recently women were executed by the Taliban. They are loyal to their country, yet dare to defy its traditions. Inspired by their tenacious coach, these courageous boxers openly dream of their future, and even a shot at the 2012 Olympics. Committed to a challenging regime and enduring family and societal pressures to abandon their training, the women are determined to fight their way onto an international stage. The film shadows them closely over the course of a year, and we come to know them both as individuals and as a team of competitors punching well above their weight. The Boxing Girls of Kabul reveals a compelling journey of both personal and political transformation, and illustrates the power of fighting for what you believe in. This screening is a co-presentation with the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education in commemorating the 40th anniversary of the removal of the ban on female participation in Hart House. 

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Conscious Activism Documentary Series 2012 – Canadiana instalment: A showcase of Canadian documentary filmmakers

Showcasing Canadian documentary filmmakers, the fall 2012 instalment of the Conscious Activism Documentary Series will screen award-winning documentaries that pose questions, challenge injustice and demonstrate how solidarity and tenacity of the human spirit band together towards realizing a just society. 2012 is also a special year, in that we celebrate efforts towards equity and inclusivity at Hart House. 

When: Wednesday, October 17, 6:30 pm
Where: Hart House Library
Film: Mississippi Cold Case, directed by David Rigden
The director will be in attendance for a post-screening Q & A

In May of 1964, Charles Eddie Moore and Henry Hezekiah Dee were brutally tortured and murdered by members of the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi. When CBC documentary filmmaker David Ridgen joins forces with Thomas James Moore to help him investigate his brother’s murder, it helps crack a cold case that had largely been forgotten. During filming, Ridgen and Moore discover that suspect James Ford Seale, “formerly believed to be dead by the outside world,” is alive.

When: Tuesday, Oct. 30, 7:00 pm
Where: Hart House Debates Room
Film: Special screening – Courage, directed by Geoff Bowie
The director will be in attendance for a post screening discussion with subject of the film, Bebeth, and others.

In Toronto, Izabel, Bebeth, Natasha, Benoît, Grace and Jean, members of Ontario’s “working poor” directly affected by the economic crisis, agree to take part in group sessions organized by filmmaker Geoff Bowie. They talk about having to work multiple jobs to get by, describe the stress generated by financial vulnerability, and courageously explain their strategies for getting out of their difficult situation. Touching, insightful and full of hope, Courage is a participatory social-issues film that emphasizes the importance of mutual aid and succeeds admirably in condemning the taboo of poverty. 
Presented as part of DOC Toronto’s Community Connections screening series, generously supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. 

When: Wednesday, October 31, 6:30 pm
Where: Hart House Library
Film: 5 Broken Cameras, directed by Guy Davidi
A first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, the footage was later given to Israeli co-director Guy Davidi to edit. Structured around the destruction of each one of Burnat’s cameras, the filmmakers’ collaboration follows one family’s evolution over five years of village turmoil. 

When: Wednesday, November 14, 6:30 pm
Where: Hart House Library
Film: Toxic Trespass, directed by Barri Cohen
Discussion and Q&A to follow with director Barri Cohen, Executive Producer Dr. Dorothy Goldin-Rosenberg, and public health advocate Dr. Suyann

Toxic Trespass, a compelling film on children’s health and the environment , the film investigates the growing evidence that we are conducting a large-scale toxicological experiment on our children. Cohen’s film journeys into toxic nightmares all too common in industrialized countries. The film gives voice to passionate activists working for positive change, along with doctors and scientists who see evidence of links between environmental pollution and health problems. The film documents how quickly barriers can go up when people question the connection between toxins and serious health problems. 

When: Wednesday, November 28, 6:30 pm
Where: Hart House Library
Film: The Boxing Girls of Kabul, directed by Ariel Nasr (Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the removal of the female embargo at Hart House) Screening to be followed by a discussion on women and sport in the Muslim world with special guest Jonathon Power, former World No. 1 ranked squash champion 

A group of young Afghan women strive to become world-class boxers, training without the benefit of even the most basic facilities at the national stadium, where only recently women were executed by the Taliban. They are loyal to their country, yet dare to defy its traditions. Inspired by their tenacious coach, these courageous boxers openly dream of their future, and even a shot at the 2012 Olympics. Committed to a challenging regime and enduring family and societal pressures to abandon their training, the women are determined to fight their way onto an international stage. The film shadows them closely over the course of a year, and we come to know them both as individuals and as a team of competitors punching well above their weight. The Boxing Girls of Kabul reveals a compelling journey of both personal and political transformation, and illustrates the power of fighting for what you believe in. This screening is a co-presentation with the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education in commemorating the 40th anniversary of the removal of the ban on female participation in Hart House. 

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Conscious Activism Documentary Series 2012 – Canadiana instalment: A showcase of Canadian documentary filmmakers

Showcasing Canadian documentary filmmakers, the fall 2012 instalment of the Conscious Activism Documentary Series will screen award-winning documentaries that pose questions, challenge injustice and demonstrate how solidarity and tenacity of the human spirit band together towards realizing a just society. 2012 is also a special year, in that we celebrate efforts towards equity and inclusivity at Hart House. 

When: Wednesday, October 17, 6:30 pm
Where: Hart House Library
Film: Mississippi Cold Case, directed by David Rigden
The director will be in attendance for a post-screening Q & A

In May of 1964, Charles Eddie Moore and Henry Hezekiah Dee were brutally tortured and murdered by members of the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi. When CBC documentary filmmaker David Ridgen joins forces with Thomas James Moore to help him investigate his brother’s murder, it helps crack a cold case that had largely been forgotten. During filming, Ridgen and Moore discover that suspect James Ford Seale, “formerly believed to be dead by the outside world,” is alive.

When: Tuesday, Oct. 30, 7:00 pm
Where: Hart House Debates Room
Film: Special screening – Courage, directed by Geoff Bowie
The director will be in attendance for a post screening discussion with subject of the film, Bebeth, and others.

In Toronto, Izabel, Bebeth, Natasha, Benoît, Grace and Jean, members of Ontario’s “working poor” directly affected by the economic crisis, agree to take part in group sessions organized by filmmaker Geoff Bowie. They talk about having to work multiple jobs to get by, describe the stress generated by financial vulnerability, and courageously explain their strategies for getting out of their difficult situation. Touching, insightful and full of hope, Courage is a participatory social-issues film that emphasizes the importance of mutual aid and succeeds admirably in condemning the taboo of poverty. 
Presented as part of DOC Toronto’s Community Connections screening series, generously supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. 

When: Wednesday, October 31, 6:30 pm
Where: Hart House Library
Film: 5 Broken Cameras, directed by Guy Davidi
A first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, the footage was later given to Israeli co-director Guy Davidi to edit. Structured around the destruction of each one of Burnat’s cameras, the filmmakers’ collaboration follows one family’s evolution over five years of village turmoil. 

When: Wednesday, November 14, 6:30 pm
Where: Hart House Library
Film: Toxic Trespass, directed by Barri Cohen
Discussion and Q&A to follow with director Barri Cohen, Executive Producer Dr. Dorothy Goldin-Rosenberg, and public health advocate Dr. Suyann

Toxic Trespass, a compelling film on children’s health and the environment , the film investigates the growing evidence that we are conducting a large-scale toxicological experiment on our children. Cohen’s film journeys into toxic nightmares all too common in industrialized countries. The film gives voice to passionate activists working for positive change, along with doctors and scientists who see evidence of links between environmental pollution and health problems. The film documents how quickly barriers can go up when people question the connection between toxins and serious health problems. 

When: Wednesday, November 28, 6:30 pm
Where: Hart House Library
Film: The Boxing Girls of Kabul, directed by Ariel Nasr (Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the removal of the female embargo at Hart House) Screening to be followed by a discussion on women and sport in the Muslim world with special guest Jonathon Power, former World No. 1 ranked squash champion 

A group of young Afghan women strive to become world-class boxers, training without the benefit of even the most basic facilities at the national stadium, where only recently women were executed by the Taliban. They are loyal to their country, yet dare to defy its traditions. Inspired by their tenacious coach, these courageous boxers openly dream of their future, and even a shot at the 2012 Olympics. Committed to a challenging regime and enduring family and societal pressures to abandon their training, the women are determined to fight their way onto an international stage. The film shadows them closely over the course of a year, and we come to know them both as individuals and as a team of competitors punching well above their weight. The Boxing Girls of Kabul reveals a compelling journey of both personal and political transformation, and illustrates the power of fighting for what you believe in. This screening is a co-presentation with the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education in commemorating the 40th anniversary of the removal of the ban on female participation in Hart House. 

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